This episode features Dana Bostic and his Chicago gang, The New Breeds. Bostic, known as "Bird," came of age on Chicago's tough west side. He grew up slinging drugs on the corner and ended up a heroin kingpin in his hometown. With a connection to a Mexican cartel, Bostic's New Breeds would package and distribute heroin and defend their turf with violence. When the body count started to rise, Bird and the New Breeds were taken down. They are all serving significant sentences in prison.
This episode explores the gangland matriarch Maria "Chata" Leon and the criminal underworld created by her murderous brood of gangbanger children. Leaders of the Drew Street Clique of the Avenues Gang, this family ruled a small pocket of Los Angeles for decades. By way of slinging crack cocaine and methamphetamine Maria Leon accrued a great amount of wealth but her status in the hood dwarfed any financial gain she could earn. With an air of invincibility, Maria Leon commanded a reign of terror in L.A. only to be brought to justice by vast federal RICO indictments and multiple military style police invasions into her neighborhood. Maria now awaits her third deportation in federal prison in California.
Henry Armstrong was the first boxer to hold simultaneous world championship titles in three different divisions. After retiring, he became a Baptist minister.
Arthur Ashe is the first African American to win the men's singles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and the first black American to be ranked No. 1 in the world.
Evelyn Ashford is a five-time Olympian who became the first woman to run 100 meters in under 11 seconds in 1984, and the oldest woman to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field in 1992.
Track and field star Alice Coachman made history at the 1948 Olympic Games, becoming the first black woman to win an Olympic medal.
In 2002, Maritza Correia made history when she became the first black woman to break an American record. She later became the first black woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic swim team.
American track star Willie Davenport won a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics and competed at the 1980 Winter Games with the U.S. bobsled team.
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is best known as the first African American to win the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal for the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Althea Gibson was the first African-American tennis player to compete at the U.S. National Championships in 1950, and the first black player to compete at Wimbledon in 1951. She also broke racial barriers in professional golf.
African-American professional boxer and promoter Thomas "Hitman" Hearns won eight world titles in six weight classes, and is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
African-American baseball pitcher Satchel Paige became the oldest rookie in Major League history and the first Negro League player in the Hall of Fame.
Jasmine Plummer is a U.S. athlete who became the first female quarterback to take a Pop Warner youth league to the national championships. Her story was depicted in the film The Longshots.
Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues in 1947, signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1947, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.
Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and by 1958, he had become the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times.
Hailed as the greatest winner in sports, Basketball Hall of Fame center Bill Russell led the Boston Celtics to an unprecedented 11 championships in just 13 seasons.
Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the women's title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1986. Two years later, she became the first black Olympian to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.